|SaintGeorge added 18:06 - Mar 20|
Think we came back from 1 down in the dying minutes at home against Newcastle in 94 or 95 - remember listening to that on the radio and couldn't speak for days from screaming so loud. Pretty sure that 20 years older the voice has gone for good this time.
What a win. Bit bewildered.
forallthesaints added 18:28 - Mar 20
What a game and what an effort by the players and what an atmosphere. Last on Match of the Day, I expect but who cares. We were not fantastic in the first half and kept wasting good positions by passing into a crowd, and Liverpool the way they play these days, will always win the ball in those situations. God knows how we let Coutinho get into position and score - that's three games on the trot at SMS that he's done that with the same result every time. The Sturridge goal was also a mess and I felt Forster could have done better with both positionally. Roger East is an absolute buffoon - almost as bad as Lee Mason but then, there's hardly a decent ref in the league these days. It's so frustrating watching Liverpool players lose the ball, fall over, look at the ref with their hands in the air and get a foul. But then, the second half. A really good decision to make the two changes at half time rather than wait and Victor and Sadio were both brilliant - it may take Victor a few days to get over his run from inside his half to the opposite corner! Pelle worked really hard all day and got some stick but a lot of times he won the ball only to have no support close by for second ball. Long was off colour today and the fact he was getting nothing from the ref seemed to get to him a bit (I was getting livid so God knows how he felt). Martina is showing gradually that he has a head for the big games and did really well down the right going forward but defended sensibly as well. But who cares about analysis - the noise and atmosphere after the second goal was brilliant and the place went totally nuts after the third and when he finally blew the whistle at the end. Fantastic effort and so sweet to beat the Scousers. I have to add that Klopp showed a lot of class afterwards, shaking the Saints players hands and applauding the ground as well as his own supporters. And while I'm at it... can we give Lallana a break, please? I'll boo Lovren all day long after the way he behaved but even though Lallana went about things the wrong way when he left, I'll always be thankful for the efforts he put in for the years before that, especially when he had plenty of opportunities to leave when we were in the lower divisions. Time to get off his back. Anyway, slowly calming down after a hugely emotional afternoon. COYS
SaintBrock added 18:38 - Mar 20
Very much a game of two halves and for once it was us that changed tactics at HT and flat-footed the opposition. Good win but lots of things to be concerned about. Martina is becoming a liability, he will not stay focused and in position. Makes you wonder how bad Cedric has become in training?
When we had the momentum and had pulled one back, why oh why did Koeman take off Oriel Romeu when he and Victor were playing brilliantly together and absolutely dominating mid-field? Then to bring on a guy who cannot run with the ball or tackle anybody... exasperating! JWP looks light-weight in this team especially mid-field, what can he do except take decent free kicks?
Classie looked lost today.
dirk_doone added 19:00 - Mar 20
I agree with SaintBrock's observations. Romeu and Wanyama looked great together. I'm not sure what Clasie is. He looks like a lesser version of Steven Davis. He is a good passer of the ball but he is hopeless at tackling and opposition players easily brush him aside. For long stretches of the game he looks lost. Liverpool were able to run straight through our midfield unopposed until Wanyama came on and stopped them. Whatever Clasie is, he's not a defensive midfielder.
aceofthebase added 19:02 - Mar 20
I was going to write a report but 'forallthesaints' has said it all.
Martina is improving ad deserves his place.
What a great game apart from the idiots sat behind me who ruined my son and my day out by summoning a steward and accusing my son of being a Liverpool fan in the Saints end. He missed ten minutes protesting his innocence. I think his crime was taking photos of the Liverpool team after they scored their second goal.
Incidentally the Steward was unnecessarily aggresive in asking my son to leave his seat.
What a great game for the Saints fans
halftimeorange added 19:45 - Mar 20
We got away lightly in the first half. Sturridge and Coutinho treated our midfield with contempt. And what was it with Pelle and his stupid flicks. I counted five times he gave the ball away needlessly. The introduction of Wanyama and Mane changed the game. Victor completely wrenched the midfield from Liverpool, ably supported by Romeu. Mane showed consistently what Long had hinted at in the first half - that the Liverpool centre backs could be beaten for pace. Pelle suddenly remembered what he was out there for. The atmosphere in the final fifteen minutes was one of the best I've ever experienced at St Marys. And fair play to Jurgen Klopp. I can't remember another opposition manager coming onto the pitch to shake every Saints player's hand. Like Ronald here he will be a hero on Merseyside.
BoondockSaint added 20:01 - Mar 20
We were lax in the first half, they were lax in the second.
Long should have had a penalty in the first (you are never going to get it against a "bigger" club). Ref must have saw the replay at halftime and gave us the penalty to even up (both players were tugging shirts). Too bad Mane got stopped but he made up for it in the end. Big difference was Mane and Big Vic coming on. You have to have a big tough enforcer in the middle to scare teams like this bunch, ManCity, Arsenal, etc who run and hide if you stand up to them, and a striker who can pounce on a ball and score in a flash.
Forallsaints-Klopp may have clapped at the end, but in his post match interview he basically said his players were so used to beating Saints, that they got complacent in the second half and Saints played "good".
Anyway, best win of the season for me, just because of who it was against. They thought they had it in the bag so it hurts even more to lose this way. It showed them up for the bunch of bullies with no backbone they are!
Bonus: Koeman jumping around like Klopp- "Would you like some more salt for your wound, sir?"
SaintBrock added 20:18 - Mar 20
BoondockSaint - I too wondered whether the ref was atoning for his first half error by awarding that second half penalty having reviewed it at HT. Maybe Ron or Sammy went in the ref's room at HT and explained how the rules work? More likely Sammy who was great today on the touchline, he so wanted to put on dover on the Scousers for old times sake.
welhamdowed added 20:22 - Mar 20
Talk about and game of two halfs. Torn to shreds in the first half but turned it around with a fantastic comeback.
I thought Big Vic was immense and and major factor in the comeback. Great to see Mane firing on all cylinders again. Makes for an interesting season end.
IWOZTHERE added 21:25 - Mar 20
Brilliant, who where what or why, haven't a clue!
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